Warner Brothers pulls plug on Kevin Clash film in development
Just two weeks after resigning from Sesame Street amid scandal, former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash is facing yet another setback in his children’s entertainment career.
Warner Brothers is terminating a planned feature film that would have showcased a new children’s character created by Clash.
Vulture reports that the project would have been a “Calvin and Hobbes kind of movie about a kid and his stuffed animal that takes on a life of its own because of the child’s imagination,” according to a development document. The document also said the untitled project would have incorporated puppets.
With Clash embroiled in allegations of having sexual relationships with at least three different underage men, the scrapping of the film comes as little surprise for the now infamous puppeteer.
However, before the scandal came into light, Warner Bros. even hired several high-profile producers for the movie, including Dan Lin, a producer from the Sherlock Holmes franchise and Roy Lee, the producer behind the new Lego film, Lego: The Piece of Resistance.
While the fate of the iconic Elmo character remains unclear, there is certainty that Warner Bros. is cutting all ties with Clash’s new venture.
“After all that stuff happened, the studio was like, ‘We’re never going to mention this again,’” said a production insider to Vulture.
No reports have surfaced on whether Clash plans to take the project to another production company.
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